What comes out of your heart defiles you.

I’ve started a new-ish journey to re-read the entire Bible…. Well not necessarily “re-read” it… because *full confession here*, I’m not sure if I’ve read every chapter of the Bible. I’ve studied it and read A LOT of it, but not the full thing in a row. So, I’m starting again with the New Testament and then I’ll head to the Old Testament (I know I should probably start with the Old Testament, but oh well LOL!).

As I have started reading it again, I am learning even MORE. It’s true what they say, you can read a scripture one day and then the next time you read it, it affects you in another way. Thank you God for this great word of life book. I was (re) reading Matthew 15 and it stuck out to me so much!! Everything that Jesus says in the Bible means something. I don’t think any word that is in red is a “coincidence”, it’s there for a reason.

In Matthew 15, it speaks about what comes from within us defiles us. The scribes and Pharisees were talking down on Jesus and His disciples, by asking them why they don’t wash their hands before they eat bread like the tradition says (yes, it’s a bit unsanitary… but what’s it to them, right?). Well, Jesus comes back and says (Matthew 15: 3-9) “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”— then he need not honor his father [a]or mother.’ Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”

How the Pharisees looked after Jesus told them they were hypocrites!

How the Pharisees looked after Jesus told them they were hypocrites!

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After Jesus said that, He called the people that were standing around him and said this: “Hear and understand: Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” (See Matthew 15: 10-11). Jesus wanted everyone to hear what He was about to say!

After Jesus said this, His disciples came to Him and said that the Pharisees were offended. This isn’t a surprise is it? Even today, when people hear teaching that is straight from the Bible, they get offended if they don’t like it. Here’s how Jesus responded to that statement: “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” (See Matthew 15:13).

Of course the Pharisees were offended, they don’t have the Spirit of God in them. They don’t like to hear that they are wrong. Jesus wasn’t going to appease them, especially because they are leading people. They are leading people to hell, not to Heaven.

Now, before I continue, I need to let you know that Peter is my favorite disciple lol. I feel like because of him, we get more understanding in the Bible. He always seemed to ask the right questions and do things that may not have been the best BUT it teaches us a lesson, so we don’t make the same mistake. So, in Matthew 15:15, Peter asks Jesus to explain the parable and this whole Pharisee/blind leading the blind situation to them. Jesus, explains it in Matthew 15:16-20: “So Jesus said “Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”

This ties it all together. The Pharisees were so worried about his disciples not “washing their hands” and being unclean before eating food, BUT they weren’t worried about the unclean things coming from their heart. The Pharisees were teaching people (aka giving them spiritual food) from an unclean heart. This teaching was then allowing others to have unclean things come out of them.

What type of spiritual food are you eating?

What type of spiritual food are you eating?

Also, Jesus was showing us that the things that defile us as humans comes from our hearts. The mean things we say, do, act, etc. come from our heart. So, if our heart is unclean, we are more likely to be mean, nasty, jealous, bitter, etc. We must make sure our heart is not unclean. We also must make sure the spiritual food we are “eating” is teaching us correctly. Are the spiritual leaders you listening to more of a Pharisee or more like Jesus?

Be sure to feed your own spirit by reading scripture yourself. This will help you learn and understand more about Jesus and how to apply it to your life. We must take responsibility for ourselves too. The easiest way to do that is to read the Bible for yourself. Ask God to open you ears and eyes so you can understand the scripture more. I did that and I was only 15 chapters into the first book and I’ve already written a blog post about it LOL.

Your life will change when you begin to apply scripture to your everyday life. Plus, your heart won’t be defiled, which means what comes out of your mouth will be loving, uplifting, and glorifying God.

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